Group: New Fox Show Too Hot for Primetime

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A television watchdog group is condemning Fox for premiering what it calls a "graphic and patently offensive" show after a family program this week.

Fox debuted the series "Osbournes: Reloaded" after its popular "American Idol" show, Tuesday night.

The Parents Television Council says the program, which is hosted by racy rock star Ozzy Osbourne, contained an "extraordinary" number of both censored and uncensored expletives along with "partially-obscured" obscene gestures.

Click play for more comments on the new show with PTC's Melissa Henson.  She also gives her recommendations on good family programming.

"Fox not only aired the 'Osbournes' immediately after 'American Idol,' but they promoted the 'Osbournes' multiple times during the 'Idol' broadcast," said PTC president Tim Winter. "For the past few years the Fox Network has demonstrated a practice of offending as many families as possible."

PTC says it counted 49 "bleeps" during the 35-minute program--about one censored word every 35 seconds.

The group, however, did applaud some Fox affiliates for deciding to air the show later that night.

Ten stations made the move to broadcast the program after midnight rather than during primetime, according to the Washington Post.  At least 16 other stations also refused to air the show at all after seeing promotions for it.

"Fox affiliates were only shown a short preview before the show aired and yet many still refused to air it, citing that the show aired too many bleeped expletives and that it was scheduled to air after 'American Idol,' which has an extremely large audience of children and teens," Winter said.

PTC is urging Fox to take the Osbournes show out of a primetime "when millions of children are in the viewing audience" or to drop the show completely.

Osbournes: Reloaded is a variety-type show that includes skits, audience interaction and candid camera-like outings with the family.

Sources: Parents Television Council, Washington Post

*Originally aired April 2, 2009

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